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Built Environment Support Group


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BESG was established in 1983 by senior staff of the then University of Natal Department of Architecture and Allied Disciplines, as a support group that defended communities against eviction from informal settlements in urban areas, largely as a result of inter-political party violence. In the early 1990’s, BESG became a key player in shaping planning and housing policies from local to national level. Since 1995, BESG has been a leader in enabling poor communities to access land, basic services, housing and administrative justice.....

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Celebrating 35 Years



 Mkabayi Mthuli nominated for WBAF-UAMDC Africa Excellence Award 

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In June a Joint Venture between our trading company, BESG Development Services, and Swelihle Agricultural and Environmental Group released a Climate-Smart Toolkit in Human Settlement Planning and Design.  For those in the profession who are familiar with the CSIR “Red Book”, this is a fully illustrated “Green” version that addresses the location and design of sustainable settlements in order to mitigate the impact of increasingly severe weather patterns associated with climate change.  



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Distress Fund

BESG often receives urgent calls from citizens whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by natural disasters. We will soon be setting up a Distress Fund facility in order to finance the repair or replacement of these homes.

Should you wish to contribute to this fund please contact us and the relevant information will be sent to you.

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Do you have a car?

Get a filling station to donate 10c to BESG for every litre you fill - It costs you nothing to participate !

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